Hardscapes Require Some Attention After Years of Weathering Effects

Homeowners consider their driveways and patios to be permanent fixtures at their properties. The material remains hardy for several decades. There will come a time, however, when the material will start to break down. Consider a few tips from a Front Range concrete contractor when it comes to comparing repair versus replacement options. There are key signs that tell any homeowner that it’s time to work on the concrete.

Subbase Issues

Colorado goes through some extreme temperature swings. The ground underneath a patio or driveway may heave over time. In fact, some homes have poorly constructed subbases from the very beginning of a concrete structure’s formation.

If a Boulder landscape contractor suspects a subbase issue, replacing the hardscape is the best choice. The professionals can inspect and repair the subbase, pour new materials and create a surface that will last another 10 or 20 years.

Repairing a hardscape with a crumbling subbase will only lead to further decline.

Salt Pitting

Salting the roadway and driveway are commonplace during the winter. The snow needs to go. However, that salt can eventually settle on the hardscape. Pitting or divots in the material will materialize.

For minor pitting, contractors can repair the damage. Catching the damage early on in the hardscape’s lifespan is the key factor here.

When a patio or driveway has seen too many winters, the pitting or spalling might be significant. There are deep depressions across the entire surface. A replacement project can be the answer for this property.

Material-Volume Considerations

Cracks that crisscross a patio or driveway may require a lot of filling during a repair. The industry guideline suggests a new slab if more than two inches of materials are required for a repair. Homeowners are almost halfway to a new slab with this amount of materials anyway.

A Boulder concrete contractor will give the homeowners a quote on both repairs and replacing the materials. It may be less expensive to replace the driveway or patio when every cost is put into context.

Cracking or Chipping

Minor cracks and chips are only aesthetically displeasing. The driveway or patio isn’t vulnerable to major problems yet.

However, cracks that are more than a half-inch wide are concerning damages. The crack’s size indicates that problems are lurking below or within the hardscape. These damages will only grow larger over time.

Allow a contractor to look at the cracks and chips. It may take several seasons to see the damages progress in size. The experts can figure out the best solution with key observations then.

Looking for a New Look

Replace the patio or driveway when the property owners are looking for a new look. Stamping and etching patterns into a hardscape is one of the latest ways to update a patio or driveway. These decorative choices are better served on a new surface.

A Longmont concrete contractor can quote new materials and labor costs for the new design. The patio or driveway may not actually need a full replacement, but those new designs demand it. Most homeowners don’t want to put money into a design on old materials when they’ll need to be replaced in the near future.

Outright Age

Hardscapes may be tough, but they aren’t designed to last forever. In fact, most driveways are only good for around 25 years. When a Boulder concrete contractor visits a property, the professional considers the hardscape’s age as a first thought.

Minor cracks in a five-year-old slab are quite fixable, but multiple cracks on a 30-year-old hardscape are another story. The professionals know that they’ll be back to repair an older slab in record time. Replacing the older materials is the smartest choice in this case.

Aggregate Becoming Visible

The patio and driveway have a mixture of materials that make up their surfaces. An aggregate is the rocky substance used in their construction, for example. If homeowners see the aggregate crumbling in one or more sections, replacement may be necessary.

A Longmont concrete contractor would discuss the long-term effects of repairing the hardscape. Fixing the crumbling aggregate in one area doesn’t solve the issue. Aggregate decline may appear tomorrow in another section.

There’s an underlying reason why the aggregate is declining. It might be due to the weather, age, poor construction or other factors. Homeowners must think of the bigger picture when it comes to repairing versus replacing the hardscape.

Sunken Conditions

Every patio or driveway should be relatively flat with just a minor slope for drainage purposes. There should never be a sunken appearance to the hardscape. A sinking surface indicates a severe issue occurring underneath the concrete.

The subbase comes into play once again. Soil conditions might create a hole or depression in the ground. The hardscape follows this contour over time.

Drought or flooding conditions also lead to sunken hardscapes. A Front Range concrete contractor can look at the property for a potential repair, but most experts agree that a replacement service should be the go-to answer.

Calling on the Professionals

Homeowners don’t have to make a serious call on their hardscape’s condition. A Boulder landscape contractor can make a serious estimate on either a repair or replacement project. These professionals understand the elements and science that go into a driveway or patio.

Filling cracks, resurfacing the material or replacing it outright are always options. The property also benefits from an analysis of the entire yard. A beloved tree may be causing the hardscape’s issues, for example. Transplanting trees and repairing the hardscape might be the solutions for a long-lasting driveway or patio.

Contact Don King Landscaping for every concern about the driveway or patio. There are solutions to cracks, breaks and chips. Technology and hardscape maintenance are constantly evolving. Allow Don King to find a way to beautify any property today.